On the trail of art

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Visit artists and mak­ers in Wokingham, Cookham and Maidenhead

We have at least two of your Septem­ber week­ends sorted: take a jour­ney of dis­cov­ery around the stu­dios of lo­cal artists


The trail prom­ises to build on the suc­cess of pre­vi­ous events as it re­turns for an eighth year, this time show­cas­ing the work of 30 artists at 11 venues around Wokingham Bor­ough on Satur­day, 22 and Sun­day, Septem­ber, 10.30am to 5.30pm each day.

In ad­di­tion to paint­ing, orig­i­nal hand­made prints, ce­ram­ics, glass, hand­made books, jew­ellery and tex­tiles, for the first time a mo­saic artist will be open­ing her stu­dio in Win­nersh and a pho­tog­ra­pher will be dis­play­ing his work at The Art Com­pany of Molly Mil­lars Lane, Wokingham.

By fol­low­ing the leaflet map the venues can be dis­cov­ered in artist’s stu­dios and homes as well as Gorse Ride In­fant School, Wokingham Methodist Church, and W.A.D.E. on Read­ing Road, and en­try to all is free. The qual­ity of work, most of which will be for sale, is out­stand­ing and this is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to meet their lo­cal artists who will be present to talk about their work. Some venues will also be of­fer­ing re­fresh­ments or giv­ing demon­stra­tions.


This Arts Trail (CAMAT) re­turns for a fifth year on Satur­day, 15 and Sun­day, 16 Septem­ber from 10am to 6pm each day. It in­cludes 16 venues with over 30 con­tribut­ing artists spe­cial­is­ing in paint­ing, sculp­ture, jew­ellery, glass, pho­tog­ra­phy and ce­ram­ics. “Peo­ple of­ten com­ment on the qual­ity of the work on show,” says Maidenhead painter and trail or­gan­iser Sarah Lu­ton. “We try to cu­rate an out­stand­ing trail ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Trail-go­ers will see lo­cal artists at work in their stu­dios and group ex­hi­bi­tions at Nor­den Farm and the ex­cit­ing new venue, The Gantry Barn in Cookham. “It’s a much more in­ter­est­ing way to buy art,” says ar­chi­tec­tural glass artist Kirsty Brooks who’s in­volved in the Land­ing De­vel­op­ment in Maidenhead. “You get to see how it’s been cre­ated and hear the ideas be­hind it, plus it’s an af­ford­able way for artists to show­case new work.”

Painter Jo Hall adds: “The trail pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for vis­i­tors, stu­dents and artists to share ideas and work prac­tices in a sup­port­ive, yet in­de­pen­dent en­vi­ron­ment.”

The par­tic­i­pat­ing homes and sites are all well-marked with signs, ev­ery­one is wel­come and en­try is free. There are re­fresh­ments on of­fer as well as demon­stra­tions and orig­i­nal art­work for sale. Visit the web­site for a map or pick up a brochure from Bovilles art shop in Maidenhead, The Sta­tionery De­pot in Cookham or from lo­cal li­braries.

Most of Kate Find­lay’s hand crafted tex­tile pieces are in­spired by wildlife, the lo­cal coun­try­side and sci­en­tific themes, but here’s a unique view of Wokingham Town Hall, see arts­find­lay.co.uk

Karen Wones, in­cluded in the Wokingham trail, orig­i­nally worked in nurs­ing, mid­wifery and health ed­u­ca­tion and then for a na­tional char­ity. She started mo­saic-art as a hobby 15 years ago and now pro­duces beau­ti­ful de­signs as Mint Mo­saics

Artist Cathy MacLen­nan, who is also an ac­com­plished chil­dren’s au­thor, works from a stu­dio at the bot­tom of her gar­den and you can meet her on the Wokingham trail

Janet Richard­son, ex­hibit­ing at Wokingham, has been de­sign­ing and mak­ing jew­ellery for over 35 years. She also runs classes at Maidenhead and Wood­ley

Quilt mak­ers Hazel Ry­der and Terry Don­ald­son, who op­er­ate from a Fin­champ­stead stu­dio as InStitches, are in­cluded in the Wokingham trail

Join the Cookham & Maidenhead Arts Trail and it will take you right into artists’ homes and stu­dios

Nor­den Farm Cen­tre for the Arts is a per­fect venue for see­ing some of the work of artists tak­ing part in CAMAT

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